By Martin Farrell — Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
The most recent example of America's fallen status as a respected super power occurred in Egypt. It is reported that our hapless Secretary of State, John Kerry, had to undergo a metal detector screening before being admitted into the presence of Egypt's President, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at the Egyptian presidential palace. I guess if Obama ever pays another visit to the palace he may have to undergo the flea powder treatment. How many billions does America give to Egypt every year? National humiliation is the Obama hallmark.
ISIS now runs the city of Mosul, Iraq. This is the mad dog Sharia-Jihadist terrorist group demanding total allegiance from some billion-plus Muslim people throughout the world.
While the rest of the world, particularly the Western world, sits idly by, ISIS is murdering tens of thousands of Christians in lands that were Christian for thousands of years. The Sharia battle cry is convert to Islam or die. They just burned a Catholic church which has survived since the year 200, the oldest Christian church in the world, founded by the earliest disciples of Jesus.
The plague of Jihadist Islam can also be seen all over north Africa. The Islamic butchery there is inflicted by a group known as Boco Haram in northern Nigeria founded by Mohammed Yusuf. They kidnap hundreds of Christian girls, sell them into sex slavery, force them to convert to Islam, or murder them.
But this sort of mayhem has been common to nearly all Islamic countries for fourteen hundred years.
Islam and its bloody Jihadists are on the march once again. Not since the eighth century has it wrought such devastation. It is permitted to do so today only because the civilized world is, once again, led by weaklings; Christians do not defend themselves, under a mistaken belief that they must forgive and "turn the other cheek" - even if reason and respect for the dignity of humanity demand defense. God help the innocent Christian and Jewish populations being slaughtered and enslaved in Africa and the Middle East - no one else seems to want to.
By Martin Farrell — Thursday, July 17th, 2014
If you haven't seen the movie "America, Imagine a World Without Her" you owe it to yourself and to your family to go see it. For those of us who love this beautiful, exceptional country it will make you stand up and cheer (as has been reported of audiences across the country).
Dinesh D'Souza has produced a masterpiece of easily digested historical truth. Viewing the movie or reading his book by the same title is a quick, colorful way to expose the false history taught for decades in virtually every American public school. Let your children learn just how deceitful the Liberal Leftist curriculum has been, and just how exceptional America truly is among the nations of the world.
While most viewers will have never heard the name Saul Alinsky or the title of his infamous book, Rules for Radicals, they will learn how he taught Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and thousands of others, their radical socialist trade and their contempt for traditional America.
Skeptics of American "Exceptionalism" should see the movie to understand why they are wrong. True believers should see it to confirm the truth of their beliefs. I'll see it again soon because it was just so good.
Pat Buchanan has long believed America is breaking-up. In a recent column (America: No longer 1 nation, 1 people - see DRUDGE)
he states, "The real issue: Will America remain one nation, or are we on the road to Balkanization and the breakup of America into ethnic enclaves? For, as Ronald Reagan said, a nation that cannot control its borders isnât really a nation anymore."
In Federalist No. 2, John Jay wrote, âProvidence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people â a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs. âŠ â
I agree. So-called multiculturalism is a Trojan horse. It's anti-American. It's killing the Union.
By Martin Farrell — Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Tuesday's council meeting was standing room only. A vocal, loud-clapping crowd attended.
Three issues dominated the public comment periods, the end of the railroad era for Fillmore, our Equestrian Center, and the Chevron Super Fund clean-up east of town.
Passionate regrets were expressed for the loss of the Fillmore railroad. The city council was blamed for failing to support the railroad in its dispute with transit authority. This was an unfair criticism. The main issue in this dispute relates to significant costs of maintaining the line from Piru to Santa Paula. The court has ruled against the Fillmore railroad several times. If, in all the years of arguing over this particular issue, the railroad has been unable to win at court, that failure has to be attributed to un-persuasive legal and business advice, professional or amateur. It's sad to see the railroad go, but over the years the city has bent over backwards to facilitate this project. The blame does not lie with city council.
Our southern border continues to fester and our president obviously cares nothing about this unprecedented, clear and present danger to America's health, safety, and defense. Why should he, he's the one who deliberately pushed border security over the cliff. I no longer see Obama as president; I see him as a foreign agent cooperating with a growing number of our most deadly enemies.
His ultra Leftist policies are setting the world on fire. Three things he could do to at least dampen the flames: heavy air attack on American military assets captured by the so-called Caliphate in Iraq; give Israel all the material assistance it can use (Israel is America's only Middle East friend!); do the same to strengthen Jordan - immediately. Oh, - one other thing, bring a heavy military presence to our southern border - also immediately.
It's alleged that America has become weary of war. Bad news bulletin: war has only begun to engage America.
By Martin Farrell — Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
I hope everyone enjoys a happy and safe Independence Day. Remember that the use of illegal fireworks comes with an $1,100 fine. Keep it safe and sane.
So many things are going so badly for our country at this time that a reasonable man can conclude that the causes must be intentional. We are dealing with a perfect storm of crises, most caused by our commander in chief. That Obama doesn't know what he is doing is dangerous enough, but the incompetence of those he has appointed to advise him invites catastrophe. And, catastrophe is upon us.
The huddled masses bursting through our southern border excite chaos, disease, crime, and threats to national defense. The sovereignty and safety of our nation trumps sentimental assistance. This torrent of illegal immigration is an attack every bit as dangerous to America's health and safety as a violent jihadist attack, just quieter. And government agencies seek to keep the seriousness of this attack as quiet as possible. "A Health and Human Services official refused to allow a member of Congress to enter a facility in his district where some of the unaccompanied immigrant children are being housed.... ââWhat are they trying to hide?â [Congressman] Bridenstine said after the incident. âDo they not want the children to speak with Members of Congress? As a Navy pilot, I have been involved in operations countering illicit human trafficking. I would like to know to whom these children are being released.â
The Department of Homeland Security, and its underling departments, are out of control - just like our royal president. Let's bring order to the border with military presence.
By Martin Farrell — Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
The Gazette would like to recognize Nick Johnson for his work as cartoonist these past 5 years. He graduated Fillmore High School this year and also distinguished himself as Student of the Year.
Nick will be starting his studies at Cal Poly, in crop science. His cartoon, which he actually began before graduating from 8th grade, reflects his strong interest in farming.
We know Nick will continue to excel in his studies but we wish him the best of luck just the same. His cartoon, Life of Lulu (his beloved beagle) will also be missed.
Go for it Nick!
Barack Obama continues to corrupt the country and scandalize the world with his utter incompetence. Any good work accomplished in the Middle East before he became our Commander in Chief has been scrambled, lost for at least a generation. Our enemies are greatly strengthened and our friends betrayed by his weakness and naivetĂ©. It is maddening to watch the ISSI capture all of those Iraqi cities and towns so quickly after our warriors paid such a high price in blood and treasure for that territory - and see the Iraqi troops cut and run.
It's difficult to make sense out of the complex mess Obama and his clueless clones have made of world affairs during these past 5 years. Victor Davis Hanson explains the nature of this mess in his June 24 column, "Obama's World Disorder". It would be time well spent to Google this short historical review. It puts Obama's roll in accelerating the coming world war (my opinion) in clear perspective.
Obama is a man who simply doesn't know what he is doing - and nearly everything he is doing is wrong. In my opinion America will suffer a terrorist attack many times worse than what we sustained on 9/11. I think that our Muslim enemies will not waste the incredible vulnerability offered by Obama's presidency. Whatever will happen (nuclear, biological, radiological, or conventional attack - or a combination) will occur before the end of Obama's term. Since we are woefully unprepared (despite Homeland Security's unenlightened efforts) chaos will prevail and martial law will provoke violent resistance. DHS is a hugely funded, over staffed, over armed proto national police force. We should be reminded, as in John W. Whitehead's great June 16 column (The Rutherford Institute) that, âA standing military force, with an overgrown Executive, will not long be safe companions to liberty.ââJames Madison.
I think it's too late for Iraq. We should at least have cluster-bombed the ISIS columns retreating into Syria with so much abandoned American equipment and munitions; 40 tanks (Abrams?) Bradley fighting vehicles, hundreds of armored humves and artillary - and manpads. It should have looked like the Highway of Death in Kuwait (remember that?).
We can always pray. Obama has humbled himself before our enemies by bowing. Maybe he can humble himself on behalf of America before our God - and I don't mean Allah.
By Martin Farrell — Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
A great victory for public education was handed down Tuesday by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu. Judge Treu who ruled that tenure for California teachers was unconstitutional. "If the preliminary ruling becomes final and is upheld, the effect will be sweeping across California and possibly the nation."
Tenure for teachers, a perk no other professional organization enjoys, has meant that our public educational system has been virtually unable to fire incompetent teachers. "Judge Treu stated that tenure protections âimpose a real and appreciable impact on students' fundamental right to equality of education the evidence is compelling. Indeed, it [effect of bad teachers] shocks the conscience."
"The laws governing job security were unconstitutional because they harmed predominantly low-income, minority students by allowing incompetent instructors to remain in the classroom."
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By now even the dullest member of the electorate must see that Barack Obama's "leadership" is a clear and present danger to American freedom. The degree and frequency of his decisions, both domestic and foreign, are a cause of alarm. His mistakes are so egregious thoughtful citizens have begun to question his motivations, even his mental state. He has turned the already chaotic condition of the Middle East into an almost incomprehensible mess.
We now have Iranians defending Iraq. No one yet dare admit a civil war was broken out. We are evacuating many of the 5000-plus employees from our largest embassy. It appears to be Vietnam all over again.
Iraq has been overrun by the Al-Qaida. One third of that country is under enemy control. Al Qaida is stealing US armaments, including shoulder fired ground-to-air missiles and thousands of vehicles, thousands of tons of munitions, helicopters (Blackhawks?) and other heavy weapons. Most headed to Syria on flatbed trucks. We aren't even able to attack these huge enemy convoys with cluster bombs, but there are reports of Sunni Iranian fighter aircraft in action against Sunni- Al-Qaida in the north.
As for our own southern border, more utter chaos without a remedy from the White House. What remedy can there be for an insane president, a criminal Attorney General, and the cloud of yes-men doing their bidding.
Take a look at Andrew C. McCarthy's new book, Faithless Execution, Building the political case for Obama's Impeachment. The votes are there in the House; maybe the obviousness of our dire situation could assure the votes in the Senate.
By Martin Farrell — Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
The flag has dropped and the balloon has gone up. Barack Obama's campaign promise to change America has become apparent. But all the changes he commanded or facilitated are killing the nation.
Obama was voted-in by a narrow majority of the electorate because of his race. No thought was given to his accomplishments - he had none. He simply had no experience at running a government, was completely ignorant about military affairs, and had never dealt with foreign affairs, yet he was to become an American President, Commander in Chief of our armed forces, and assumed the most influential position among world leaders. That's how frightfully uninformed the American electorate has become.
Because of Obama's lack of leadership, incredible incompetence and invincible pro-Islamic mindset, the entire Middle East is on the verge of war. We learn today that Iraq (remember that war?) is about to be overtaken by Jihadists. When you hear "Fighters for the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) took Mosul today, giving the militant group control of Iraqâs second largest city and setting the country on a path toward chaos." 'Mass beheadings' by al-Qaeda forces in Mosul and Tikrit..." you should know the game is about up. When you hear that the Iraqi army (American trained for a decade) fled the city, leaving all their weapons behind, I don't wish them well. Afghanistan is nearing the same state. Thousands of American lives sacrificed - for what? Two trillion (that's 2,000 billion) given for what?
Everything Obama has undertaken has turned to rot. Our southern border is in chaos: "Central American newspapers tout Obama amnesty..." "Border Agent Issues Plea for Help...â. Crisis leaves border unprotected, cartels 'in control'...âNo president in American has done more damage to this country than Barack Obama. From Obamacare to Fast and Furious federal gun-running, we have been put in jeopardy. He's slashed our military in time of war and released five of the most dangerous terrorists in exchange for a traitor.
How can we rid ourselves of a dangerous president? Impeachment - soon!
By Martin Farrell — Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
Debra Heine, on Breitbart has it right:
"It's not like she had any more credibility to lose, but [United States National Security Advisor, Susan Rice] told some whoppers, yesterday, possibly as Allahpundit notes at Hot Air, in a calculated attempt to set a false narrative...." "Even as the truth was gushing out about the deserter, Bergdahl, Susan Rice was on ABC News telling George Stephanopoulos that he was captured "on the battlefield" and that he had "served with honor and distinction." "As Ace quipped, Susan Rice, like Ron Burgundy, will literally read whatever is put on a card in front of her."
Ms. Rice exemplifies everything that is so disastrously bad about the Obama administration. United States National Security Advisor, Susan Rice - sounds impressive. But like the rest of Obama's minions she's ill-equipped for the job, except for the fact that, like the rest, she will do her master's bidding; she follows orders without question. Also like the rest, she shares in the administration's tacit guarantee of bulletproof tenure. Regardless of the outcome she will never be fired; will certainly never have to face a warrant from our imbedded attorney general. She's a protected co-conspirator in the Obama cabal.
This Bergdahl exchange is yet another monstrous betrayal of national defense by the guy sworn to defend and protect our Constitution, and faithfully enforce our laws. I refuse to suspend my sense of reality any longer in some hope that the national nightmare will soon disappear. I can't find a single member of this administration I can trust. They're all liars, crooks, thieves, gross incompetents, or worse
Just look at who the president has placed in charge of our nation and its defense, the most radical Leftist-liberals and incompetents ever to have been assembled in our government's history. All of them are slick, obsequious toadies, including half of our generals.
There's a great book just out entitled "Faithless Execution, building the political case for Obama's impeachment", by Andrew C. McCarthy. The exchange for Sgt. Bergdahl, involving the release of 5 of the most dangerous killers in the world (think crimes against humanity) for what clearly appears to be an Army deserter and a traitor, is almost inconceivably foolish . The evidence is clearly there to apply both words to Bergdahl.
My disgust and alarm over the Obama gang's activities has reached the overflow point. If we were able to impeach Clinton we should be able to both impeach Obama and convict him. He is the Great Destroyer.
By Martin Farrell — Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
Congratulations to all those responsible for organizing Monday's Memorial Day ceremonies. This was perhaps the best one I have seen in many years. The fly-over by four WWII Mustangs was a special touch.
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The Gazette has had several "special" challenges this week so I have to keep my comments short.
A quick sample of the attitude which requires that our website can no longer be offered free of charge after 8 years. This from "Dennis" in northern California.
"As a former resident of Fillmore and now living in northern Calif, I often go to your Web site to catch up on Fillmore news. With you making Internet users pay to read your small town once a week piddling paper points to your "money is the bottom line attitude" You've taken the low road, just like the Ventura Star & LA Times. Shame on you.
Thanks, Dennis. Spoken like an archetypical liberal. Do you work for free? If so, we have a lot of odd jobs around here you could help us with. I wish I had the time to provide the answer your letter deserves.
By Martin Farrell — Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
I hope that everyone would read the May 14, 2014 Final Report of the Ventura County Grand Jury on âFirefighting Air Assets: The Camarillo Springs Fire.â We donât hear much about the availability of our firefighting air assets these days. In view of the predicted âworst everâ fire season, this issue is a matter of life and death. The complete report can be viewed below.
Speaking of the website, weâve notified everyone of the new âpay-wallâ system. No doubt many long-time viewers will be irritated to find that the news we have worked so hard to gather online each week for the past 8 years or so can no longer be offered free of charge. We are dealing with the same problem every newspaper in the country is dealing with, that is: how is it possible to print a newspaper to sell at a small price, while at the same time giving away the product of our 7-day-per-week efforts FREE of charge online? Answer: Itâs not possible. The great difficulty is designing a system to sell the news online and make the process as easy to use as a print subscription.
We have finally done that. All subscribers to the Gazetteâs print edition will continue to receive the printed newspaper as usual, and have access online as well. Online readers can access our online edition by subscribing by the month or by the year with our quick and easy subscription system. Just subscribe once and youâre good to go.
The online edition of the Gazette, www.fillmoregazette.com, has become such an important means of providing news of our city, instantly when necessary, that we want to keep it healthy. That means that it can only continue as a subscriber-funded medium â just like the paper. We hope all of our readers understand and continue to support it.
By Martin Farrell — Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
Congratulations to our Future Farmers of America who are celebrating their 75th anniversary this Thursday. I have thoroughly enjoyed playing a small part in reporting on their various activities these past 25 years. The tractor events, especially, bring back many happy memories of my first 18 years living and working on the family ranch. Sadly, today we all live in an utterly different world, controlled by an anti-traditional culture and a domineering government. How simple things were in the 40s and 50s when citizens still controlled the government, and our culture was unabashedly Judeo-Christian in character.
FFA, keep strong. You are among the few remaining bastions of America at its traditional best.
I just heard that our California Legislature is about to pass a bill authorizing birth certificates to be signed by a father as the mother, and the mother as the father. Confusing? Itâs meant to be. Just another example of legislation produced by our degenerate state Senate and Assembly. These depraved Leftists are legion in our state government. These are the people who recently passed a law permitting men and boys to use girlsâ bathroom and locker room facilities in all public school campuses. Time to flush Sacramento.
By Martin Farrell — Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
This a response to Bob Morrisâ letter appearing in this weekâs paper.
Thanks for your opinions Bob. Wish more readers would do the same.
About the gas pump caper, your numbers are too close for me to dispute. I donât know exactly how many gallons are involved in what appeared to be a little more than an eighth of a tank. Had to be at least 10 gallons. However, to keep the peace Iâll concede your point.
About the two other issues: You wish the Gazette would âspend a little more time on some of the real issues that impact Fillmoreâ âlike school issues and the Transportation Commission vs Fillmore Western Railriad.â Interesting questions.
No other newspaper, or website for that matter, has covered Fillmore like the Gazette has for the past 25 years. I have personally attended about 600 school board meetings as the District has gone through a half-dozen or so superintendents. The Gazette has covered scandals, disruptions, debates, fights between teachers and the board, unions and the board, and parents and the board, teachers, and superintendents.
We always have a photographer and reporter in attendance, for many important meetings a videographer as well. Most recently the Gazette participated in exposing the seriously improper hiring of one principal and the seriously wrongful behavior of a board member. The board member was chastised by the Ventura County District Attorney, and the principal will be leaving.
A great deal of money has been spent creating, maintaining and promoting our popular website, fillmoregazette.com. I emphasize the word âgreatâ. The site was designed to provide (take note) a special page for each teacher in the Fillmore school district, also for the board, free of charge for the past 8 years or so. All that was required of these beneficiaries was to email stories, photos, or notices to the Gazette for publication. This service was greeted with much joy. To my recollection during that time two teachers took advantage of this free service; I traveled to her classroom to photograph one occasion for publication. With about two exceptions â silence. These, remarkable exceptions, were Ms. Jan Marholin at San Cayetano School, and Principal John Wilber. I may have missed a few others, but you get the idea. I am positively embarrassed to think of the cost of the website adventure.
Yes, Bob, weâve been there â for 25 years.
As for troubles with the âTransportation Commission vs. Fillmore Western Railroadâ like other news sources, we cover what is available. The confrontation is long-standing. The railroad has lost all of its appeals regarding the cancellation of the contract for use of the track and we have received no information of any new progress. Allegations of Commission incompetence, even if true, would be irrelevant to the findings of the court.
So, Bob, I regret your disapproval with Gazette coverage. You might keep in mind that there are large newspapers, medium-sized newspapers, and small newspapers. With a staff of three (and one on the website) the Gazette might be characterized as a nano-newspaper. We are the last traditional weekly community newspaper in Ventura County that I am aware of.
I am proud of what we have been doing for the City of Fillmore for the past 25 years, under extraordinary challenges.
By Martin Farrell — Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
I had a bad experience last Friday at the local Chevron gas station. I wonât be doing business there until this incident is corrected.
Among Californiaâs legions of regulatory bureaus, offices, and agencies is our important department of Weights and Measures. The serious and blatant nature of this incident compels me to file a complaint with our federal, state, and county bureaus.
These are the agencies responsible for âEnsuring the accuracy of commercial weighing and measuring devicesâ. These offices have many other responsibilities but in this case I seek reimbursement for being cheated out of approximately $30.00. How often had this happened before when it was less obvious?
Here are the facts: For the first time in 50 years I managed to run completely out of gas, a short distance from the station. I retrieved a 2 gallon canister, took it to Chevron (Hwy. 126 and A Street) and had it filled for $8.00 and change. I returned to the truck, put in the 2 gallons and returned to Chevron where I added $60.00 more to fill the tank, (22.01 gal tank). About $60 usually fills the tank, paying cash.
Upon leaving the station I noticed the gage read less than three-quarters full (after putting in $68). I returned and explained the problem. No help. I told them which pump was used; the manager informed me that no cash transaction of that amount had been completed. This conversation lasted several minutes. I pointed to my truck, now at a different pump, and told them, to be sure my gage was working properly, that I would put another $20-worth in the tank. I did this, and the tank swallowed it without a burp â still showing about an eighth of a tank empty.
Returning to the manager, who watched the transaction, the demonstration meant nothing. In the meanwhile she had found the receipt for the first $60.00. I told them their metering was faulty to the tune of about $30.00 â the pumps or the bookkeeping was wrong, and after spending $88.00 I was still an eighth short from being full according to my gage. I have been a customer at this station for years. I wish Bob Brown still owned it. No help, no concern, no refund, not even an apology. Nothing. The manager and her associate were completely unconcerned. Easy money.
Fuel pumps are easily manipulated at some point, and are often inaccurate. Whatever happened here, I was shortchanged by $30.00. It was easy to determine this because the tank was absolutely dry before this adventure. Thousands of dollars of consumer loss (per day) is possible when automatic pumps are out of adjustment, which was clearly the case here.
Beware pump 7 at Chevron, at least. Iâm short of space this week. More to follow as my complaints to the various departments of Weights and Measures are processed. This being a matter of principle, the manager at our local Chevron is in for a long year until this issue is resolved. I will provide up-dates from time to time.
By Martin Farrell — Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
The Fillmore Ebell Club has disbanded. Our city has lost a good friend which has rendered years of assistance to wide variety civic interests. In parting, the club saw fit to distribute $110,000 to many important city programs and organizations. On behalf of the city the Gazette wishes to thank the club for its many years of important support. Your many civic contributions will be greatly missed.
One important Ebell award went to our library. Not to put too fine a point on it, but I have wanted to correct a small but longstanding and annoying mispronunciation by a library leader. Ms. Walker, the word is library, not âlieberryâ. A library is a place for books, whilst a âlieberryâ is a prevaricating fruit. Just sayinâ.
I donât often recommend reading material, mostly because Iâve learned that my conservative recommendations are often poorly received. But Iâll try again this week and urge readers to absorb the latest information from Imprimis, a Hillsdale College publication (hillsdale.edu). The article is entitled âEarly Warning: The Continuing Need for National Defenseâ.
Every American should understand the present, precarious condition of our countryâs national defense due to ignorance, neglect, naĂŻvetĂ©, and Politically Correct politics. Sensible people should be alarmed; life as we know it could suddenly end.
Brian T. Kennedy, President of The Claremont Institute, discusses the homeland Jihadist threat, the April 16 attack on the Metcalf transmission substation, Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) challenges, the Boston attack, and what must be done to prevent these calamities. Kennedy quotes from an 1838 speech by Abraham Lincoln:
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.â
Kennedy ends with: âAs a nation of freemen today, we are courting suicide by ignoring clear and present dangers. Our elected representatives have eyes but do not see, and they have ears but do not hear. We must awaken ourselves, and then awaken them, before it is too late.â
Hillsdale Collegeâs Imrimis is sent, free of charge, to 2,800,000 readers each month.
By Martin Farrell — Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
Last nightâs meeting of the Fillmore school board proved to be extraordinary. Nearly 100 teachers and parents gathered in the auditorium to admonish the board and, particularly, board member Tony Prado for his letter which appeared in the Gazette the previous week.
Among the few positive agenda items was the introduction of Fillmoreâs new Superintendent, Dr. Adrian E. Palazuelos. Dr. Palazuelos addressed the audience briefly. He is a man with a positive personality, eager to take on the challenging responsibilities as head of our school community. Welcome Dr. Palazuelos. We wish you well!
I had a flurry of focus problems with my camera last night. Many the photos were unusable.
A video of the entire school board meeting will be uploaded as soon as possible. I regret that I left at the break, missing Mr. Pradoâs rebuttal to a virtual avalanche of bitter criticism over his letter last week attacking recently retired teacher-counselor, Karen Ashim. Mrs. Ashimâs reputation as an outstanding teacher and counselor was vigorously defended by a dozen members in the audience.
Mr. Pradoâs remarks can be heard towards the end of the video to be added soon to the story on the front page.
By Martin Farrell — Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
I was happy to see that, at last nightâs city council meeting, our city managerâs suggestion that a plaque honoring Americaâs motto, In God We Trust, was approved to be placed in city hall. In a unanimous vote, Mayor Minjares, Council members Diane McCall, Rick Neal, and Doug Tucker agreed that such a plaque should be installed. Councilman Steve Conaway was absent.
There are some Americans, such as ex-Katzenjammer Bob Stroh (who sauntered into the short meeting to express his angst at any reference to God in a public building) who object, but the vast majority approve of our motto. After all, our Founding Fathers reverenced God enough to base our Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and struggle for independence upon His authority.
Atheists and agnostics are quick to parrot their objections to all references to God on their mistaken understanding of the original meaning of our Constitution, in particular the so-called âseparation of church and stateâ. They fail to understand that this statement refers to a prohibition against the âestablishmentâ of a national church, like that in England, from which our âPuritansâ fled. This new radical Leftist-liberal interpretation which seeks to deny and remove every vestige of God from government will prove fatal in our future.
It is true that America does not have a Judeo-Christian government; that would be unconstitutional. It is also equally true that we ARE a Judeo-Christian NATION.
Some of our most influential Founders were Deists, etc., but ALL subscribed to basic traditional Judeo-Christian morals and philosophy. Our law is thoroughly informed by Judeo-Christian ethics and principles â most of it Biblical.
To say that In God We Trust is also to logically admit that in un-godly works and beliefs we do NOT trust. Our Founders chose to DISCRIMINATE AGAINST un-godly ideas in government as apposed to Judeo-Christian mores. Some knowledge of George Washingtonâs life-long religious beliefs, as well as Abraham Lincolnâs, and nearly every president down to Bush II, tells the same story. America is a nation saturated from birth in the truths of Judeo-Christian beliefs â while defending freedom of thought for all beliefs, even though tragically mistaken in practice at times.
Taking Bob Strohâs argument to its logical extreme (keeping God out of government and all government works) gnaws away at our countryâs vital strength. This extreme, false interpretation is the cause of the obvious disintegration of government schools, our military forces, and pervasive corruption of our government.
I read that a Los Angeles police officer is suing (with his wife) the city, claiming discrimination because of his Wiccan Religion. Wiccan is witchcraft, âThe Craftâ in short.
Our military chaplains are now forced to perform same-sex âmarriagesâ in military chapels. So, 95 percent of our military Judeo-Christian believers are, for the first time, forced to respect practices traditionally deemed blasphemous in âthe house of God.â All of this notoriously disruptive anti-Christian regulation just to appease a tiny minority through Political Correctness.
These are life-and-death issues. The overall atmosphere created by anti-Judeo-Christian regulation, such as permitting and defending openly homosexual practices in our military, will ultimately destroy trust and cohesiveness in the ranks.
I am utterly dumbfounded by the near absence of any strong defense of traditional moral values in todayâs armed forces. It must be due to those who have successfully convinced our âleadersâ, from the president down through the general staff and the Department of Defense, that God and traditional morals are no longer needed to defend America.
What a dreadful future we are creating.
By Martin Farrell — Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
The long-standing feud between the Fillmore School District Board and Fillmore High School teachers has begun to boil over.
At issue are the disputed circumstances concerning the hiring of our high school Principal, Russom Mesfun, and his leadership methods. Numerous complaints have been directed to the Board and to District Superintendent Dr. Alan Nishino during the past several years. To date, teachers claim nothing has been done to rectify allegations of Mesfunâs incompetence and alleged improper hiring.
For me, Four issues stand out in this dispute: First, the appearance of serious cronyism in Mesfunâs hiring; Second, negligence by the Board in failing to properly consider serious legal problems in Mesfunâs professional history; Third, serious impropriety in calling candidates to apply and interview for the position of Fillmore High School principal when they clearly had little chance of being appointed â a serious ethical failure. And Fourth, the Board took Nishinoâs personal recommendation of Mesfun, without due diligence, diminishing the seriousness of Mesfunâs lawsuit, which cost Lodi and Mesfun approximately $250,000 in settlement.
Here are some salient facts: Mr. Mesfun has been a personal and professional friend of Superintendent Nishino for more than a decade in the field of education. Mesfun was sued, and lost, in an action for sexual harassment in Lodi, CA. (Teachers sue Lodi Unified, former McAuliffe principal - Lodinews ...Lodi News Sentinel: Mar 21, 2008 - Three former Christa McAuliffe Middle School teachers have filed a lawsuit against the school's former principal, Russom Mesfun, and Lodi ... Please refer to âThey Should Have Knownâ, fillmoregazette.com, Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 for official document.
As individuals I have great respect for each of our school Board members; I have known most of them for many years. But I have to say, as a Board, in this case at least, they have failed, seriously. I think Mr. Mesfun should step down.
I see that President Obama seeks to hand over our Internet to other world powers, like Russia, China, maybe even Iran; who knows.
This is not insanity; it is a deliberate act of treachery. Though we know nothing about his school grades, he is not stupid. He knows (as Ronald Reagan insisted about the Panama Canal, another insane giveaway by another Democrat president, âWe built it, we paid for it, itâs oursâ.
Someone should remind the Commander in Chief that Americaâs entire defense and civilian communications networks depend completely upon our internet, which our many enemies constantly seek to destroy. Put Russia in charge of our Internet and see what happens to our power grid.
Only an enemy of America would even suggest such a thing. NASA has to keep a closer eye of Barack Obama!
By Martin Farrell — Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
Our prayers go out for the victims and the families who have suffered such horrendous losses in the Washington state mudslide. It seems more than odd to me that such an extraordinary amount of TV time has been spent (wasted) on the airliner mystery crash and so much less on the mudslide story. As important as the airliner story is, it didnât need to have almost all major cable news stations reporting (it seemed) 24-hours a day with repetitious speculation. The number of fatalities in the Washington disaster may finally exceed those of the airliner disaster. What a horrible way to die.
Rest in peace all victims of these disasters.
Congratulations to our City Manager David Rowlands and our city council for beginning the much awaited street paving program. Itâs great to see Fillmore surging back with such strength.
I have a hard time understanding how quickly Americaâs military strength has dissipated. From our previous position as the worldâs only super power the Obama administration has reduced our status as defender of the free world to a shameful false friend of betrayed allies, Poland and the Baltic States. Who can trust us now?
Obamaâs Leftist ideology and naĂŻve national security policies amount to a nuclear Trojan horse. Informed, rational people must recognize the mindset of our Commander in Chief to be more than mere naĂŻvetĂ©. Obama is deliberately deconstructing Americaâs national defense. How else can his conduct towards our armed forces be understood?
At a time when the worldâs geopolitical situation mirrors pre World War 11 Obama decimates Americaâs armed forces. At that time Mussolini invaded and annexed Ethiopia, with Emperor Haile Selassieâs pleas to the League of Nations for help, rejected. The Spanish Civil War broke out. Hitler, as the Furer of Germany began picking-off smaller parts of Europe like the Sudetenland districts (because they had many German-speaking people there - ring a bell?) He was named Time magazine's Man of the Year for 1938.
Then he moved on Poland and started the world war.
Today, we have Putin, Mussoliniâs megalomania twin, and (as former KGB leader) Hitlerâs and Stalinâs evil progeny.
Our present American government is utterly ignorant of todayâs military realities. Our State Department is a hollow joke; its comments on Russiaâs recent aggression displaying frightening ignorance and stupidity. These fools disparage Putin as someone living in the 19th Century rather than the 21st. Maybe, but 19th Century strategy is working just fine for Putin, and will continue to do so as long as he and his cohorts (China, Iran, North Korea, etc) see that America is weak and has laid down its arms in the face of its enemies.
Thanks to Obamaâs complete lack of experience in foreign policy, and his lack of common sense, expect to see a Middle East atomic arms race very soon. Iran will get the bomb, and Israel will have no choice but to attack.
America has never been so vulnerable, not even in the pre-WWII era. Barack Obama and his team of sissies could be the death of our nation as it works to take our military strength back to pre-WWII levels, while Russia and China build their forces with unprecedented speed.
By Martin Farrell — Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
My Aunt, Letitia Leonard "Tisha" Harz, passed away this week. She was about one month short of her 106th birthday. Tisha was a wonderful woman who I will always remember as cheerful, energetic, with a positive outlook on life.
Congratulations to Nick Johnson, Fillmore High Schoolâs Student of the Year. Nick is a truly great young man, who also happens to be the Gazetteâs cartoonist, and has been for the past four years. We are very proud of his accomplishments.
How Far We Have Fallen
On every front America and her culture is in a state of collapse. The evidence is obvious; we are in deep trouble and even the most invincible cheerleaders of the Leftist Obama administration will not escape the inevitable conflagration. Liberal Political Correctness is the immediate tool of destruction. It has undermined all of Americaâs traditional Judeo-Christian principles.
Our motto, âe pluribus unumâ (from many, one) no longer holds true. Diversity, rather than unity is what the liberal mind seeks. âIn God We Trustâ is now the exception rather than the rule â and that fact sets us adrift from our first principles as set forth in our Constitution. How can we possibly seek help from a God whose laws we now revile?
As a political entity America has altogether abandoned traditional ethics and social mores. What has been declared anathema for 5,000 years is now embraced instead. Our new political authorities demand that we provide special respect for ideas and practices which directly attack Judeo-Christian sexual morals; these affronts are now mandated in our military and in all official public works. What is profoundly evil is now pronounced good, what is abnormal, normal.
This new ethic is now mandated in all government educational facilities (e.g. male use of female bathrooms) despite protests from Christian parents who must use these schools. Strong official punishments are applied to those refusing to comply.
Our armed forces have been forced to accommodate activities of gay-lesbian members. Promoting homosexual events in the military ("US military sees first ever DRAG SHOW for gay and lesbian troops" [link: http://theweek.com/article/index/257285/speedreads-gay-and-lesbian-troop... ) This activity, which is growing, contributes strongly to the destruction of troop cohesiveness, especially in combat units.
Government always rules from the top down. A military private soldier, sailor, Marine, Air Force member, etc. has no authority. A probable result of this policy effecting troops who hold traditional Judeo-Christian moral standards (90 percent) is that eventually a cabal of gay superiors forms which severely undermines unit cohesion â like the lesbian General and her live-in Colonel girlfriend Obama bragged about in a recent speech.
This unprecedented change was deliberately instigated by generals and other high command individuals, like former Chief of Staff, Admiral Mullen, Dick Cheney, former Defense Secretry Robert Gates, etc. These people have betrayed the trust of our troops. Troops holding traditional religious beliefs are forced to tollerate activity which they recognize as sinful. Mullen, et al, have forced the 90 percent to respect the moral abberations of the 5 percent. Why? And why so little resistance? Military authority alone.
Why should any of Americaâs enemies now have anything but contempt for our armed forces? You see this contempt world-wide today as our craven commander in chief bows, maybe courtsies, to our most deadly enemies. America has become a laughingstock in the face of Russia, China, Iran, Iraq, etc.
Obama pledged to change America fundamentally in his first campaign. He is succeeding, in ways that only a determined enemy of this nation could appreciate.
Christian men and women thinking of joining America's armed forces today, as redesigned by Barak Obama, should closely consider the environment they would be entering.
By Martin Farrell — Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
For several months Iâve been prodded by many people to look into the alleged improper hiring of Fillmore High School Principal Russom Mesfun. Iâm giving up my usual Realities space to provide space for the remainder of Karen Ashemâs letter to the Fillmore Unified School Board, see page one. The more I read the documentation the more outrageous Mr. Mesfunâs hiring appears to me. Mesfun was hired primarily on the recommendation of his old friend, FUSD Superintendent, Dr. Alan Nishino. It is unclear if the Board did any significant vetting of Mesfun prior to hiring him. I have a sense of outrage about this, considering his long negative employment history as documented by teachers and legal actions. The central question is whether Mesfun should have been the preferred hire before other applicants on the basis of personal friendship. This is a question that the entire Board must answer in order to maintain Fillmoreâs confidence. And, thereâs another question -- should the Board grant Mesfun tenure?
See Karen's letter and documents here http://www.fillmoregazette.com/front-page/%E2%80%9Cthey-should-have-know...